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Marriage, Divorce, and Your Health

Many people have heard that marriage can increase life expectancy. While this is still somewhat true, marriages do have some negative affects. Additionally, there are circumstances under which a divorce can be a positive force, rather than having a detrimental affect on your health.

While studies show that being married does increase the average life expectancy, the gap between married and unmarried people is narrowing. This is probably because people are not only taking better care of themselves, but relationships are changing. People are choosing to participate in long-term partnerships rather than marriage, or they are separated or divorced.

For those who are traditionally married, there are some perks. Married people tend to suffer less from chronic physical pain like back aches and are not as susceptible to mental problems. They also smoke and drink less than unmarried people. However, married people tend to be more overweight or obese than their single peers. This can lead to a number of health issues like diabetes and heart problems.

Studies have shown that people who are divorced are up to 23% more likely to suffer from physical impairments and chronic health issues. However, when faced with extreme stress in a marriage, perhaps divorce could be the better choice. Stress can lead to fibromyalgia, emotional disorders, and can contribute to heart problems. Additionally, if your marriage involves emotional, physical, or mental abuse, these can all have negative impacts on your health.

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While studies have shown that being married can help with your health, stressful unions can actually have a deleterious effect on your mind and body. If you or someone you know is thinking about getting a divorce, you should consider speaking to a Denton divorce attorney about your options. To talk to a divorce lawyer in the Denton area, contact the law firm of Alexander & Associates today at 972-420-6560.

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